Ante Rebic (l.) can imagine playing alongside Goncalo Paciencia (r.) at Eintracht Frankfurt again in the future. - © DFL
Ante Rebic (l.) can imagine playing alongside Goncalo Paciencia (r.) at Eintracht Frankfurt again in the future. - © DFL

Ante Rebic: "I'd surely like to return to Eintracht Frankfurt"

Croatia forward Ante Rebic may have found his feet on loan at AC Milan with six goals in 15 games, but he remains a fan of parent club Eintracht Frankfurt and is looking forward to returning.

Rebic spent three seasons with Frankfurt after joining from Fiorentina - initially on loan - in July 2016. The 26-year-old had endured a few false starts in his career, with 10-game spells at RB Leipzig and Hellas Verona returning no goals, but he blossomed at the Commerzbank Arena.

The Split-born forward scored 25 goals and assisted 12 more in 100 games in all competitions for Die Adler, forming a potent attacking trident alongside Luka Jovic and Sebastian Haller, who now play for Real Madrid and West Ham United respectively.

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A DFB Cup winner under Niko Kovac in 2018, Rebic was also a constituent part of the Croatia side who made it to that summer's FIFA World Cup final, losing 4-2 to a France side which contained current Bayern Munich full-backs Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, he looks back on his time with Frankfurt fondly.

"Of course, I keep myself up to date on Eintracht games," he explained on the club's official website. "I followed the matches until the last moment before coronavirus. I saw that the team played well but rarely had luck on their side. Hopefully everything will fall into place in the course of the season."

"I'm telling you, Mijat, I miss you guys." - Mijat Gacinovic (l.) and Ante Rebic (r.) remain close friends despite the latter's move to AC Milan. - imago images

Having won three of their four games at the start of 2020, Eintracht lost three on the bounce before the coronavirus-enforced break in play. Adi Hütter's men are 12th, with a 10-point cushion on the automatic relegation places. Rebic will be rooting for them after the restart.

"When the league restarts I'll pursue Frankfurt as the loyal fan I've always been," he said. "I'm in touch with [Eintracht's Serbia midfielder] Mijat Gacinovic almost every day. One day I'd surely like to return to Frankfurt."